Boundary Fire Suppression Repair Needs Assessed
Name: Boundary Fire Reported: June 1, 2017 Cause: Lightning Containment: 42% Size: 11,540 acres Resources: 346 personnel Boundary Fire Suppression Repair Needs Assessed Williams,.. more
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Fire officials from the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests have been working jointly on a lightning-caused wildfire that began on the northeast side of Kendrick Peak in Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. The wildfire is burning in heavy dead and down trees and forest debris left from the Pumpkin Fire of 2000. Snags (standing dead trees), steep slopes and overall hazardous terrain have led fire officials to identify a system of roads at the base of the mountain to serve as boundaries from which to halt the wildfire’s progression.
Plans to employ an indirect suppression strategy on the Boundary Fire have been implemented due to the significant safety concerns of putting fire personnel in certain areas on the mountain.
The wildfire has been burning for over two weeks and has moved down slope to the northeast and has prompted a temporary closure of Highway 180 near Kendrick Park. The fire is expected to remain active as hot and dry conditions are forecasted over the next several days. Wind speeds have diminished considerably providing fire managers an opportunity to introduce fire on the higher slopes allowing fire to back down the mountain with lower fire severity to reduce the heavy amount of fuel loading while improving ecosystem health. Aerial ignitions are occurring and will likely take place over the next several days. There will be a noticeable increase in smoke produced from the fire during these operations.
Forest managers said this strategy will not only reduce the potential risks to fire personnel but will also help in maintaining a healthy ecosystem by reintroducing natural fire back into the forest based on the best available science and risk management techniques. Every year there are multiple starts on Kendrick Mountain. It is anticipated that the Boundary Fire will help clean up much of the dead and down material left by the Pumpkin Fire, thereby reducing the risk to our neighbors and our communities from those starts in the future and decreasing the probability of high-intensity wildfire and its potentially severe and negative fire effects.
The Boundary Fire is burning on both the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. The Boundary fire being managed by the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 5 with Incident Commander Jeff Andrews.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Thursday June 01st, 2017 approx. 02:02 PM|
|Location||On Kendrick Mountain 17 miles northwest of Flagstaff.|
|Incident Commander||Jeff Andrews I.C.|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||53%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Saturday July 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
Heavy dead and down debris from the Pumpkin Fire in 2000.
Fire behavior was more active today due to strong winds and low humidity.
Hold fire along control features. Fire line prep work was completed today to protect private property and other
values at risk, including key Mexican spotted owl habitat.
Aerial ignitions continued today and are projected to continue near the fire edge through the end of the week. Hand ignitions are planned for tonight and tomorrow around identified values at risk, including near the Crowley Park and Pumpkin Center private property parcels. Ignitions will be applied slowly to prevent high intensity fire and to minimize
smoke effects to communities and highways.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Firing and holding operations will continue to secure the Crowley Park private property parcel and the Division E
containment line, including the area adjacent to Pumpkin Center private property. The fire will back downhill off upper slopes. Movement of the fire will be assisted by aerial ignition and hand ignition to protect private property and reduce resource damage.
The fire area is covered by 2 closure orders and a temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place. Closure orders signed on 6/8 and 6/15 remain in effect. Refer to the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests websites for more information.
A speed limit of 45 mph remains in effect along that section of the highway 180 adjacent to the fire area.
ADOT is monitoring low spots on Interstate 40 and local highways where smoke might pool. Travelers of these highways will be forewarned if smoke reduces visibility to dangerous levels.
One Type 6 engine was demobed today. Tomorrow, 1 Type 1 crew, 1 Suppression Module, and 1 Type 2 crew will be demobed from the incident.
Temperatures today reached into the low 90s again with humidity around 10%. There was a Red Flag Warning this afternoon for low humidity and strong winds. Strong winds were evident, based on smoke transport observations, at the mid and upper slopes.
Tomorrow there will be low humidity around 10% and westerly winds over 15 mph. Temperatures will be in the upper 80s and low 90s again.